Vere Foster Memorial School is situated in the village of Tallanstown about five miles from the town of Ardee, Co Louth. The family seat of Vere Foster, (Glyde Court now in ruins) lies about 2 miles from the village and our school is named in his honour. The original school which was built in 1840, closed in 1966 and is now a community centre. Our present building though much extended and modernised was constructed in 1966. In 1969 two outlying parish schools Aclint and Stormanstown were amalgamated with Tallanstown NS. Aclint NS is now a community centre though Stormanstown NS is derelict. Currently we have 315 pupils, a mainstream staff of eleven, three learning support/resource teachers, a secretary, caretaker and cleaner.
Vere Foster was born in Copenhagen of an Irish-born father. He worked in the UK Diplomatic Corps but left to help the victims of the great Famine on his brother's estate near Ardee, Co Louth. He founded the Irish Female Emigration Fund in 1852 and helped many young women to emigrate to Canada. Concerned by reports of the terrible conditions by those using them, Vere Foster travelled on an emigrant ship to New York and, contracting fever, remained in hospital there for months. His subsequent campaign in the USA and Britain led to improved conditions for passengers being imposed on the shipping companies.
He helped to found and became the first President of the Irish National Teachers Organisation, travelling throughout the country campaigning for the maintenance of national schools. Education, he considered was the way forward for people wishing to better themselves. He was responsible for the construction or upgrading of around 2000 national schools throughout the country. He constantly championed the working conditions of teachers and devised cheap but effective school books which sold in their millions across the world. He donated proceeds from the sale of his copy books towards the cost of the construction of the R.V hospital in Belfast. For over forty years Vere Foster gave freely of his own finances until he died penniless in a cheap lodging house in Belfast in 1900.
Principal’s Message Welcome to Tallanstown N.S. As the principal of this school, I would like to welcome you to our website. I hope the website provides you, the students, the parents, and the wider community with some useful information as well as keeping you up to date with the latest events in the school. Tallanstown N.S. aims to provide a broad learning experience and a rich variety of approaches that cater for the different needs of individual children. We endeavour to nurture your child in all dimensions of his or her life – spiritual, moral, aesthetic, cognitive, emotional, imaginative, social, and physical. The promotion of wellbeing is at the core of the ethos of Tallanstown N.S. It is our aim to equip your child with the knowledge, skills, and competencies to deal with the challenges that they face. ‘Mol an Óige agus Tiocfaidh siad’ is our school motto. The staff of Tallanstown N.S., you the parents and the wider community share the common goal which is to provide the best education in the best environment, for your child in so far as is possible. Beir bua agus beannacht, Patricia Smyth
We endeavour to enhance the self-esteem of everyone in the school community, we have within our school community.to imbue in the pupils respect for themselves, for other people and for property and to encourage the development of personal responsibility.
We aim to prepare our pupils for their place in a modern multicultural society by actively promoting equality and by celebrating the
diversity we have within our school community.